George Zimmerman never denied shooting Trayvon Martin, but he said he did so in self defense. Late Saturday night, a Florida jury found him not guilty in the teenager’s death.
The verdict caps a case that has inflamed passions for well over a year, much of it focused on race and gun rights.
The six jurors — all of them women — deliberated for 16½ hours. Five of the women are white; one is a minority.
When he heard his fate, Zimmerman had little visible reaction. He turned and shook the hand of one of his attorneys before sitting back down, smiling only after court was adjourned.
Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, were not in the courtroom when the decision was announced. But they shared their emotions on Twitter shortly afterward.
“Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY,” Tracy Martin tweeted.
Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., said words can’t express how relieved his family is.
“Having said that, I don’t think this is a time for high-fiving,” the brother said. “I acknowledge — we all have acknowledged — that Mr. Martin, Trayvon Martin, lost his life. (But) it was not an act of murder. It was not an act of manslaughter.”
Twitchy has your round up of the racialist left’s collective meltdown over this verdict. Big Journalism looks back at how the MSM poured gasoline on their emotions over the past year. Or as Matthew Sheffield writes at Newsbusters, “George Zimmerman Acquitted, Media Guilty.”
Besides the MSM, Roger L. Simon notes who the other big loser was in this trial.
Update: “So a Hispanic shoots a black and is acquitted by women, but it’s still white men’s fault.” Heh, indeed.™